First direct measurement of the spatial coherence of sunlight. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Direct sunlight is often deemed incoherent, hence unsuitable for antenna power conversion. However, all radiation exhibits spatial coherence when detected on a sufficiently small scale. We report the first direct measurement of the spatial coherence of solar beam radiation, achieved with a customized tabletop cyclic-shearing interferometer. Good agreement is found between experiment and theory, with promising ramifications for solar aperture antennas.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012